The School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share their passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience.
Our dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the arts community. They are focused on helping students reach their dreams and aspirations and offer extensive professional expertise and networks. The department is extremely influential in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community, through active faculty involvement in professional music and theatre groups. Every year the department sponsors exceptional student performances, nationally recognized visiting artists and several community outreach events.
Our graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries. The department is a vibrant community of passionate artists who provide immersive and collaborative hands-on learning combined with one-on-one mentorship in the classroom, the studio, on stage, and on- and off-campus performance opportunities.
Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students will grow professionally and personally through involvement in the University Theatre Series and The Straw Hat Players.
The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs that help our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and to develop their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.
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The University Orchestra and MSUM Choirs will perform the Minnesota premiere of Te Deum, a work by Steve Dobrogosz, an American-born jazz composer who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, at their Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. performance in MSUM’s Hansen Theatre. Dobrogosz’ jazz and jazz-influenced classical compositions are performed throughout Scandinavia and the rest […]
Dan Leonard, ’79, Theatre Arts, received the Randolph Frank Prize for the Performing Arts. He received the $5,000 award for his work in Palm Beach County’s performing arts scene for the past 25 years. Leonard wrote plays for a touring theatre program for schools and also acted in many theatrical productions in the Palm Beach […]
Craig Ellingson, a faculty member in the MSUM Theatre Department, was recently awarded one of six National Teaching Artist Grants from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The grant supports Ellingson’s sabbatical leave during 2011-2012. He will participate in Dell’Arte International and its Physical Theatre certificate program in Blue […]